Staycation Inspiration: travel deals and discounts
Are you keen to take a break but don’t want to go far afield? A staycation can be just as much fun as a trip abroad, not to mention cheaper, especially if you find the right travel deals and make use of your student discount.
First things first, you need to decide where you’d like to go. Are you after the bright lights of a city break? Or would a more rural setting suit you better so you can shut yourself off from the world and have a digital detox for a couple of days? Perhaps you’d like to dig out those flip flops and head to the coast. The UK is your oyster!
Wherever you decide to go, there are plenty of ways to find the best accommodation deals. Sites like Hotels.com, Expedia and Booking.com feature special offers and allow you to compare all the available options, so you can filter your search depending on dates, destination and accommodation-type. So whether you want an apartment in the centre of Newcastle or a bed & breakfast in the Cotswolds, you’ll have plenty of options to peruse.
If money is really tight, look at great value options like Britannia Hotels offering rooms from just £39 a night. You can also get 10% off. Or why not consider staying in a hostel? I know what you’re thinking — you’re not really keen on waking up in a dorm full of randoms; but you don’t necessarily have to share with strangers. Hostels often provide the option to book a private room at a slightly higher cost. Or if you’re going with a group of friends, you can all share a dorm together. Either way, if you’re happy to have just basic amenities, hostels are cheap and fantastic places to socialise and meet new people. Check out comparison sites like Hostels.com and Hostelworld to find the best deals. Also take a look at Clinkhostels if you’re planning a trip to London. You can get a 10% saving on your booking, exclusive to Youth Discount subscribers.
AirBnB could also provide you with the perfect pad for your time away. You could rent a whole house for a reasonable cost.
So you’ve decided on a destination, you’ve booked your accommodation and you’ve packed your pants! Now you just need to work out how to get there. If you’re keen to drive and there’s enough of you to split the cost of petrol, this can often work well. However, don’t forget to consider public transport in your travel plans. The 16-25 Railcard can get you ⅓ off rail fares — it’s £30 for the year and you can currently get 12% off; while companies like megabus.com and National Express offer low cost intercity coach travel, with a discount for NUS extra cardholders.
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Unless you’re planning to be a couch potato on your staycation, you’re going to want to find things to do. This doesn’t have to require a huge budget. Loads of places offer student discount or other great deals. If you fancy a bit of culture, why not visit an English Heritage site? You’ll find them all over the country, from Stonehenge to Hadrian’s Wall. English Heritage membership offers you unlimited entry to over 400 historic places and you can buy it at an annual cost of £45 if you’re a student (or £3.75 a month). Or if you’re an adrenaline junkie you could do an activity like paintballing, or scale the treetops at Go Ape which has 31 sites across the UK, for a fun (if slightly scary) day out!